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PM Lee Facebook pokes Indonesia President SBY, gets ignored

Posted on 13 February 2014

However, international relations experts say playing hard-to-get is first step towards reconciliation.


Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was poked over Facebook by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the early hours of Thursday, as media in both countries closely watched and analysed how both sides continue to relate to each other over social media following Tuesday’s unprecedented unfriending episode that sent waves throughout the region.

The coy early morning interaction was confirmed by many media watchers but the poke by PM Lee was not reciprocated immediately.

Self-styled political pundit and international relations expert, Eric de Yaya, interpreted this move as part and parcel of how this new era of Facebook diplomacy operates: “For this courtship ritual to be played out in full, both sides would have to accept that the back-and-forth will be prolonged.”

“Chances are that Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will Facebook poke PM Lee back only when Indonesia sends its haze over. PM Lee will be heartened by the acknowledgement and this will cushion the impact of the haze.”

At press time, weather watchers said they are anticipating the Facebook poke by the Indonesian president to be reciprocated as early as next week.

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